Wednesday, October 28, 2009


and I love it...

So... a brief update on moi:

I have been eating terribly, on weekends I eat totally from work, and I make enough so I can bring it home for Rene too.

School has taken over my life and I love it.

After my washing mishap at the beginning of the month(I'll tell you about this one in a minute) a bunch of the people in my class have offered to clean my uniform for me, Kendra has been doing it for me since. I am so thankful for it. Plus one of the other girls in my class got me an iron from the thrift store.(My class loves me)

Work is absolutely ridiculous. My boss opened the "Second side" of the restaurant, we now have the same amount of cooks, who still don't speak english, cooking for 2 restaurant. And all but 3 of the wait staff is new and don't know how to do their job, so I'm trying to run 2 restaurants by myself of the weekends while my boss naps all day, my stress levels are through the roof of weekends.

I've been getting to school at 6 am and studying in the mornings, which is glorious. It's probably one of my favorite part of the day. I sit there and enjoy my breakfast and re-write my notes and relax. It's great.

Rene might have a job, in the bakery at save-on ironically, they told him at the interview that he just had to pass the criminal record check. I really really hope that he gets that job. If he does we won't be living "Tip-out to tip-out"(I'd kill for pay-check to pay-check.

Did I mention that I love school?

Plus halloween is a few days!!!!!!!! Best time of the year ever! I LOVE DRESS UP!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Who doesn't eat a sugar free breakfast??

I know I do.

So I'll share it with you, just in case you are participating in Kimi's Sugar Free Challenge over at The Nourishing Gourmet.

What you need:
1/2 to 1 cup of Quinoa(I use more when I know I won't be eating lunch till later)
2 Eggs
About 3 tbs of grated cheese(Your choice)(Personally I like swiss or cheddar)
Enough butter to fry your eggs in(or the oil of your choice)
Salt and pepper if you want it(I don't even use it)

Break your eggs into a bowl and mix them up, then add the cheese in, Scramble in a frying pan that has been heated to about medium. And just before the eggs are done, add the quinoa to the pan and stir it all around.


It's that easy. I make a bunch of quinoa at the beginning on the week and just use it throughout the week because we all know I love quinoa.

To make this Super sugar free, use an aged cheese that no longer has lactose in it.

If you want you could add vegetables to this to beef it up, but I like things plain in the morning, plus it's just easier to not chop vegetables(I get up at 4:30 am so I don't really feel like going crazy some mornings)

Let me know if you find a way to make it better, because better is just better!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Quinoa Salad(My way)

When I used to work up at the heli-skiing lodge, the pastry chef would make an amazing rice salad almost every thursday for "T-goodie"(Tea time, same idea) and I LOVED IT. I would eat the left overs for lunch and snacks and any time that I could get away with it really. It was wonderful.

So when I was at home, I needed to fill my thursday gap. I needed my own salad, and I was(Still am really) on a big quinoa kick so I decided to make something similar, but with my favorite new grain!

So here it is Quinoa Salad, the way I like it:

What you will need:

1 small red pepper
1 small cucumber(Or a quarter of a full long english cucumber)
1 quarter of a small red onion
3/4 cup of crumbled Feta Cheese
2 tbs olive oil
4 or 5 cups of cooked and cooled quinoa(I'll let you know how I cook it in a moment)
salt and pepper

So, I cook quinoa at a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water, and just cook it up the same as I do rice. For extra "More better" quinoa, use stock instead of water, more nourishing and more flavor!

Next dice up your peppers, quarter your cucumber and then slice it thinly(but not paper thin) then slice your quarter of an onion REALLY thin. Toss all of this in a bowl with the feta cheese, on top of the quinoa, dump your olive oil on that and toss it around, then salt and pepper to taste.

It tastes best when you can leave it in the fridge for an hour or 2 after, but eat it right away if you want.

AND, if you are participating in Kimi's No sugar challenge next week, you can just omit the peppers(If I'm wrong about the cucumbers let me know), and you have your breakfast lunch and dinner for the next week... Or you could eat something else once and a while, but it's great for lunch and an one plate dinner.


Shared at:

Pennywise Platter Thursday(Oct 1) @ The Nourishing Gourmet
Food Roots(Oct 1) @ Nourishing Days
Fight Back Fridays(Oct 2) @ Food Renegade
Real Food Wednesday(Sept 30)